It’s easy for the most prominent clubs to stockpile players, mainly when they are younger. Once they start to get to an age where they need to perform regular football to aid their progress, that’s where it starts to get complicated.
It’s a big call to make when choosing to let a player go out on loan. You need to be satisfied that they won’t regularly feature for you and it’s best for everyone involved. Sometimes you might have someone who is on the verge of the first team, so when they excel for another group, it can lead to regrets.
The Merseyside Reds faced that decision with Harry Wilson in the Summer. He ended up going on loan to Bournemouth where he’s doing very well, but it sounds like Jurgen Klopp is having some regrets about not keeping him.
The Mirror reported on some comments the boss made about the loanee, where he said the following:
“I am happy he cannot play against us, to be honest.”
“It would have been difficult for Harry, and I would have loved to have had him here if we had another choice, especially when Shaq [Xherdan Shaqiri] was injured.”
In some ways, it does sound like the club have done the best thing for Harry Wilson’s long term development, so it should be applauded. They could easily have kept him and stifled his growth in return for playing him 10-15 times in the campaign, but you could question if that would benefit anyone.
With such glowing words, it certainly sounds like Harry Wilson has a future at Anfield when the loan ends next year.